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Nick's Mathematical Puzzles: RSS Feed

What is RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary) is an XML-based format for delivering summaries (or sometimes full details) of regularly changing web content.  It is commonly used, for example, by news organizations to deliver the latest headlines, and by bloggers to make available their latest weblog entry.

What are the benefits of RSS?

RSS is an easy way to be informed when content that interests you appears on your favorite websites.  Instead of visiting a number of websites to check for new items, RSS automatically alerts you when something new is posted online.  RSS is as anonymous as browsing; no email address or personal details need be provided.

How can I use RSS?

To start using RSS, you need a special news reader or aggregator that displays RSS content feeds from websites you select.  There are many different news readers available, some of which are free.  Many are available as stand-alone programs that you download and install on your computer.  Others are web-based services.  Many browsers, such as Firefox, Opera, and Internet Explorer, have news reading capabilities integrated into the browser itself.

How can I sign up to the RSS feed from Nick's Mathematical Puzzles?

To sign up to the RSS feed from Nick's Mathematical Puzzles, simply click on the RSS button above, and follow the instructions for your particular news reader to subscribe to RSS feeds.  The URL for the news feed, if your news reader asks for it, is

Email subscription

If for any reason you are unable to sign up via RSS, you can subscribe via email.  Simply send your email address to, and I will send you details of the latest puzzle, as I post it to the website.

Please note that I take privacy very seriously.  Under no circumstances will I ever reveal your email address to anyone else, or use it for any purpose other than to send you details of the latest puzzle.  To unsubscribe at any time, simply send me a request via email.


Further reading

  1. RSS Described in Plain English
  2. How To Speed-Read the Net (Slate)
  3. All about RSS

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Last updated: March 10, 2008